Joan of Arc: The Woman Contacted By God To Save France

Regarded as a French heroine during the Lancastrian period of the Hundred Year’s War, Joan of Arc was born to a peasant family in northeast France. In her youth, Joan claimed that she received visions from various saints, encouraging her to defend France from England. She was instrumental in lifting the Siege of Orléans as well as several other decisive military victories, and successfully installed Charles VII as king.

After eventually being captured, she was put on trial for a variety of charges resulting in her being burned at the stake. Take a look at who Joan of Arc was, and how she shaped the outcome of the Hundred Year’s War.

She Was Known To Have A Temper

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Although Joan was known for her piety and dedication to the French cause, she was also known for having a strong temper. She was known to lash out at her French troops if they failed to attend mass and was particularly cruel if they didn’t follow her plans the way she expected them to.

Furthermore, she once reportedly slapped a soldier for stealing meat and was known for driving away women from the ranks at swordpoint.